Our sweet, beautiful bride Jacquelyn had a gorgeous custom gown made by Nancy Barrus Couture.


Story & Date:

My husband, Zac, and brother, Jacob, were close friends in high school. We met in my kitchen when he’d come over to hang out with my brother and their friends. When he went downstairs my best friend and I whispered about how cute we thought he was. A few years went by and he was coming over to see me instead of Jacob. Our friendship looked like mutual stake activities, canyon drives, and walks around Rock Canyon Park. We never dated because the timing didn’t feel right, but we were great friends through the rest of high school and throughout his mission service in Japan. We sent snail mail and packages to each other for 2 years, but were both openly hopeful we’d be more than just friends post-mission. Within the first few minutes I spent with Zac after he’d gotten home, I knew that I loved him and wanted to be with him. Months later we were engaged then happily married in Provo Temple May 3, 2014.




Process & Experience:

I knew that I’d have to design my dress from the beginning, but I went dress shopping anyway for the experience. When I tried to describe the dress I had in mind I only confused people. I wanted a dress that had weight to it- a full, grab-able skirt- but not like a ball gown because that shape doesn’t behave naturally or have flowy movement. I wanted the material to be soft and organic and imperfect. But none of those things coexisted in one dress, so I started looking for a seamstress. I was recommended to Nancy who gracefully extracted the feelings I had about my dress and put them onto paper, and then sewed them into my beautiful gown. I often didn’t know what I wanted until I saw it and would revert back to my dress words (delicate, youthful, feminine, natural) until Nancy came up with the perfect thing I had imagined but just didn’t know how to describe. If it was a frustrating or annoying process for her I didn’t even know it! She was always patient, sincerely wanted to make me happy, and answered every request above and beyond.

We achieved the soft, full skirt with creamy raw silk- the flow and movement with chiffon layered over top of it, the delicacy with my grandmother’s European organza (that we found in a box in my basement!), and the femininity with the peplum, pearl buttons, and long silk ribbon. Truly, my dream dress. Nancy also embellished my shoes with scraps of the organza.








Inspiration & Theme:

I have always loved OnceWed.com. I drew inspiration from weddings that were simple and classic, styled with organic or earthly elements, and had beautiful blooms. I wanted every detail of our evening to be timeless and age beautifully in photos. Our reception was held at Thanksgiving Point. We dined with our family and friends beneath twinkling lights near the rose arbors. There were sweet tributes made, musical numbers danced and sung, and celebration in the most beautiful scene I could have imagined. Everything about our day was perfect; the best word to describe it is ethereal. The weather was beautiful, our experience in the temple was lovely, and the company of family and friends throughout our day was humbling.





Advice to Brides:

-Be you. You don’t have to “bride up” with acrylic nails and high heels and lots of makeup if that just isn’t you. Wear a short dress if you want to. Wear flats if you want to feel more natural and comfortable.

-Simplify. Less is more.

-Include your fiancé in planning.

-Invest in a photographer. Our photographer gave us a gorgeous linen box with all the images from our wedding and it is such a treasure. If you’ll invest the time it takes to plan a wedding and put it together, then invest in someone you trust will preserve it for you how you’d like to remember it.





Photography: Rylee Hitchner

Hair & Makeup: Joanna Ballentine

Flowers: Sarah Winward

Reception Venue: The Loggia at Thanksgiving Point

To create dream gown call us at 801-373-0194, or email us a consultant@aveniabridal.com, to schedule an appointment.